Fri, Jul 16, 2004 - Page 4 News List

Four arrested for online theft, credit card fraud

By Jimmy Chuang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Four people who allegedly hacked into a local area network (LAN), and then used stolen credit cards to purchase online game credits were arrested yesterday.

"These people thought that they could get away with the money by using other people's Internet access to process their purchases with stolen credit cards," said Eric Lee (李相臣), captain of the Internet Crime Investigation Squad of the Criminal Investigation Bureau.

The crime occurred a few days ago when a well-known online game provider reported the theft. Internet crime police officers screened all the records of the credit card deals provided by the company and traced one of the alleged suspects to a residence on Linsen North Road. in Taipei City. The suspects, however, used different IP addresses each time they logged on the Internet.

Officers also discovered the radio frequency of wireless LAN hubs was unusually strong in that area of Linsen North Road, as many residents in the area use wireless LANs. The unprotected LANs gave the suspects the opportunity to hack into other people's Internet connections.

Police identified Chuang Shih-lung (莊適龍) and Chuang Shih-hung (莊適鴻), who are twin brothers, as prime suspects and arrested them yesterday after several days of surveillance.

In the meantime, officers also arrested two other teenaged boys surnamed Tu and Wu. Wu allegedly helped the twins process Internet deals and Tu allegedly helped them duplicate their victim's credit card information. Tu stole credit card information from a gas station in Pali, Taipei County, where he works.

Since March this year the group managed to obtain more than NT$300,000 in stolen money.

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